WUHAN CORONAVIRUS is a new respiratory illness that has not been seen before in humans. The risk of getting the illness in the UK is currently moderate. This does not mean that the risk to individuals has increased but it is a reflection of the need for the government and the health service to plan and prepare in case of a more widespread outbreak.
If you have travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and are experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, you should stay indoors, call your GP or, if your surgery is closed, ring NHS24 (111) informing them of your symptoms and your recent travel.
DO NOT LEAVE HOME UNTIL YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN ADVICE BY A CLINICIAN.
This is peak season for respiratory and flu-like illnesses. There will be many people with symptoms of cough, fever and shortness of breath, but these are unlikely to be coronavirus.
To protect yourself and others, it is best to:
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.
- Bin the tissue afterwards.
- To kill germs, wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel.
Be assured that Scotland is always well prepared for these types of outbreak and will remain vigilant. Public health and infectious disease experts are working around the clock.
For further information and updates, check the NHS website -